Meet Our Staff

Get to Know our Massage Therapists

Tara Thompson Massage Therapist

Tara Zinn

Tara Zinn is the Owner and Founder of Downtown Omaha Massage. Her passion for massage and wellness extends beyond her massage practice. Tara is also a Holistic Living Coach with Envision Success, Inc. She focuses on creating clear communication, goal setting and accountability, digging deep and taking action as well as creating a mindful & present lifestyle. To learn more visit Tara travels the world with Spa Rituals as an Ambassador and is currently working in California to further her knowledge and growth as an educator, coach and bodyworker.

She has hand picked and mentored Julia, Haley, Hilary and Michelle to share their gifts of healing and wealth of knowledge with the community. Downtown Omaha Massage believes strongly that educating the client on the importance of mind and body connection helps bring balance to the clients life!

Julia Beutler Massage Therapist

Julia Beutler

Julia Beutler attended the Omaha School of Massage Therapy in 2008 and is a Nebraska State Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, and an assistant instructor with Hot Stone and Deep Tissue workshops at the Omaha School of Massage. She enjoys furthering her knowledge through education from her mentors as well as continuing education programs such as: Hot Stone Therapy, Deep Tissue Techniques, Pregnancy Massage, and more.

Julia began her journey in massage therapy because of her fascination with the human body and the endless amount of benefit massage has on both the mind and the body. She has a passion for wellness and believes it is important to educate her clients and instill in them everyday awareness of their own bodies.

Haley Martin Massage Therapist

Haley Martin

Haley Martin attended the Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare. She is Nebraska State Licensed and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has furthered her knowledge by taking continuing education programs in, Deep Tissue Techniques, Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, Pregnancy Massage, and Swedish Massage.

Haley started her journey as a massage therapist because of her fascination with how much massage can change someone's life. She has a passion for bringing the mind, body, and spirit together with massage. Educating clients is a very important part of each session. Bringing awareness to the body is where the positive change and growth begins.

Michelle Gress Massage Therapist

Michelle Gress

Downtown Omaha Massage is excited to present Michelle Gress, LMT. Experience her gentle, powerful healing techniques for yourself through Reiki, Comfort Touch Therapy or a relaxation Swedish massage.

Michelle is a graduate of the Universal College of Healing Arts, Reiki Master & avid Karma Yoga practitioner.Her heart-centered way of being & strong presence create a warm, receptive & safe space for deep relaxation & transformation.

Jennifer Hedrick Massage Therapist

Rania Baxter

Rania began her journey in 2004 as a graduate of the Chicago School of Massage Therapy. Since graduation, she continued to study and learn in a variety of settings, growing her knowledge and skills, to allow her to better create your individualized, ideal massage. Rania will take a few moments to talk with, and listen carefully to you and then develop a therapy session specially designed for your needs that day. Whether that is therapeutic, injury relief or relaxation, she will provide a massage to suit you.

She is Nationally Board Certified, Licensed in the State of Nebraska and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. Rania loves the healing arts, and continues to devote time to learn new ways to help her clients. In addition to being a Reiki Practitioner, she holds additional certifications in Pre-Natal, Comfort Touch, and Pediatric Massage. Rania truly looks forward to being a part of your wellness plan.

Zahra Allen - Massage Therapist

Zahra Allen


Zahra is a graduate of the Omaha School of Massage and Healthcare. She is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and is a Nebraska state licensed massage therapist. She first began her journey pursuing a nursing degree. After deciding nursing wasn’t her chosen career path, she ventured into the field of bodywork. With the gift of compassion and the drive to help others, massage therapy was a perfect fit. Zahra utilizes a combination of listening to her clients’ needs and using her intuitive touch to create a therapeutic experience. She is skilled in full-body Swedish techniques, deep tissue massage and prenatal massage. Zahra is continuously implementing new ways to improve her techniques, advance her skill set, and expand her knowledge of massage modalities. She is consistently being mentored, ensuring congruous growth in her massage practice.

Initially having an interest in the medical field, she naturally has a passion for health and wellness.   Zahra understands and embodies the process of bringing the mind, body and spirit together for optimum well-being.   She educates her clients and helps them to set and maintain pain management goals. Zahra has always possessed a genuine interest in the endless benefits of massage, and her gentle, warm spirit brings a sense of comfort to all.

Kara Heckeroth Massage Therapist

Kara Heckeroth

Kara Heckeroth is a 2010 graduate of Omaha’s Universal College of Healing Arts (UCHA) and a Reiki Master.  She has had the privilege to work with the athletes at the Olympic Swim Trials the last 2 times they were in Omaha.

After listening to her client’s concerns and goals, Kara uses here training and intuition to determine what treatment her clients need during their session together.  Kara creates a customized massage combining Swedish therapeutic massage with elements from sports massage, deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial release, reflexology, aromatherapy, and Reiki.

It is Kara’s mission as a massage therapist to provide a supportive, nurturing and healing experience.  A session with Kara will leave the client with a feeling of renewal and peace.  Kara believes that we all need more kindness in our lives and the best place to begin is with ourselves.